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Peter King takes note of several Titans players.

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Another unique look at Titans practice.

Scott Halleran

I know after a while that reading the same information from the same people on a daily basis. However, people like Albert Breer and Peter King aren't people that have expectations for certain players, so they aren't looking to blow smoke. For example, if someone knows how great Jurrell Casey or Jason McCourty were last year (and surprisingly few do) every thing that did would be shown in a positive light.

On the other hand, and outsider may come in and say, "Wow, that Sensabaugh guy was great covering the slot in practice." (which he is). So when they say that, not knowing immediately if the film from last year backs up what they are saying, I think that brings a refreshing look to the Titans roster.

So here are Peter King's thoughts, with my takes underneath.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>NASHVILLE-Titanisms: Solid night for Locker at LP Field (6-7, 59 yds), but did have a pick dropped ...Def guys love DCoord Horton&#39;s scheme.</p>&mdash; Peter King (@SI_PeterKing) <a href="https://twitter.com/SI_PeterKing/statuses/495770855985909761">August 3, 2014</a></blockquote>
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My take: Locker has been quietly having a very successful recovery this offseason, and he has impressed everyone. I have been on board with Horton since before the Titans actually signed him, and players love his scheme because it is so efficient and successful.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>NASHVILLE-DT star Jurell Casey moves to DE in 3-4, but won&#39;t matter. Will still play like 3-tech DT ... The Other McCourty&#39;s so solid.</p>&mdash; Peter King (@SI_PeterKing) <a href="https://twitter.com/SI_PeterKing/statuses/495771220638728192">August 3, 2014</a></blockquote>
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My take: I didn't expect Horton to use Casey like that, and that is my fault. I was on board for trading Casey last season under the premise that he would essentially be Casey Hampton 2.0. However, knowing that Casey will still be asked to penetrate makes any trade talks look dumb, and Horton's flexibility could make Casey even more dangerous. Also, I think Titans fans know exactly how good McCourty is. The Titans were smart to lock him down long term.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>NASHVILLE-Guess at RB split: Green 60/Sankey 30/McCluster 10 ... McCluster to be Whiz&#39;s Woodhead ... Lewan sits all yr if Oher solid at RT.</p>&mdash; Peter King (@SI_PeterKing) <a href="https://twitter.com/SI_PeterKing/statuses/495771843408957441">August 3, 2014</a></blockquote>
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My take: That is an interesting split from King. I was thinking more like 45/45/10, but Greene did have a good practice Saturday night, so maybe those splits were based on what he saw not what he heard. This and the next tweet are very interesting about the offensive line.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>RT <a href="https://twitter.com/Goaldieberg">@Goaldieberg</a>: Saw reports they are thinking of putting Lewan at guard. Not true? ... Only in case of RG weakness/injury.</p>&mdash; Peter King (@SI_PeterKing) <a href="https://twitter.com/SI_PeterKing/statuses/495772708219912192">August 3, 2014</a></blockquote>
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Now, King says here that Lewan would only move inside to play RG, which is Chance Warmack's spot. Warmack had a tough year last year, and the offensive line is not doing him any favors with center Brian Schwenke being banged up and Michael Oher not a sure thing at right tackle. I think the chances are low that Lewan plays tackle this year, but if he does play any interior position I sort of expect it to be left guard. Levitre is very versatile and I think he could slide into the center role and do a good job.

These are all back-up plans, and I think the plan the whole time has been for Lewan and Oher to compete for the RT job, and if Lewan loses outright then he will be a flex tight end and wait to take over the LT spot next year.